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Manton, Michigan
Location of Manton, Michigan
Location of Manton, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Wexford
 • Total 1.61 sq mi (4.18 km2)
 • Land 1.56 sq mi (4.04 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
1,132 ft (345 m)
 • Total 1,287
 • Estimate 
 • Density 996.16/sq mi (384.59/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-50880
GNIS feature ID 1620691
Caldwell Manton residence 1913
1913 Manton residence of Michigan State Republican Representative John Caldwell.

Manton is a city in Wexford County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,287 at the 2010 census.


  • According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.61 square miles (4.17 km2), of which 1.56 square miles (4.04 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.
  • Manton is part of Northern Michigan.


See also: History of Northern Michigan

The townsite was purchased and cleared in 1872 along the proposed route of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad, by two local settlers, Ezra Harger and George Manton, and a third partner, William Mears. The place was known locally as Cedar Creek, but the railroad named the new station "Manton" after its first postmaster, George Manton.

Manton was at one time the county seat for Wexford County. However, the county seat was forcibly moved to Cadillac in the Battle of Manton.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 214
1890 661 208.9%
1900 895 35.4%
1910 1,069 19.4%
1920 793 −25.8%
1930 1,008 27.1%
1940 1,006 −0.2%
1950 1,085 7.9%
1960 1,050 −3.2%
1970 1,107 5.4%
1980 1,212 9.5%
1990 1,161 −4.2%
2000 1,221 5.2%
2010 1,287 5.4%
2019 (est.) 1,555 20.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,287 people, 504 households, and 327 families living in the city. The population density was 825.0 inhabitants per square mile (318.5/km2). There were 577 housing units at an average density of 369.9 per square mile (142.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.5% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.3% of the population.

There were 504 households, of which 37.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.1% were married couples living together, 20.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.1% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 31.9 years. 30% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 22.3% were from 45 to 64; and 14.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.


Amish community

In 1993 an Old Order Amish community was started near Manton, most of the members coming from the Evart-LeRoy area or from Vestaburg in Michigan. The community is more open to "seekers" - people who want to join the Amish - than other Old Order Amish communities. They are affiliated with the Amish community in Smyrna, Maine, which was founded as one of the "Christian Communities" under the leadership of Elmo Stoll, but joined the Amish, when the "Christian Communities" disbanded.

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